It’s not so black and white. Lines are crossed.
Walls are smashed. Good becomes bad.
Bad becomes very, very good.
Shayda Hijazi—the perfect wife, the perfect mother, the perfect daughter. For thirty-three years, she has played by the rules, swallowing secrets, burying dreams and doing whatever it takes to anchor her family. Shayda Hijazi is about to come face to face with the one thing that can rip it all apart, the one thing her heart has always been denied: Love.
Troy Heathgate—untamed, exhilarating, dangerous—a man who does exactly as he pleases. Life bends to his will. Until he comes across the one thing he would give it all up for, but can never have.
Born on the same day in opposite corners of the world, their lives collide. And nothing is ever the same again.
Spanning three decades, 53 Letters for My Lover is a fiercely sensual, emotional ride to the heart of an epic, forbidden love that defies it all—an intimate exploration of love, loyalty, passion, betrayal, and the human journey for hope, happiness and redemption.
"Sexy, intense fiction isn't afraid to step out of the box."
Contemporary women's fiction: Ages 18+
I think what it all comes down to is the writing. If the author is truly good at his or her craft, they can make you read and love an instruction manual! And that is exactly why I loved 53 Letters for My Lover so much. Leylah Atter is an author who has that magical way of writing words down that create a story that will pull you in and leave you wanting more. She makes you understand the why's and how could you's that come with this type of storyline.
Shayda would have been an easy character to dislike. She is after all cheating on her husband. But there is so much more to her story than what appears on the surface. You have to be willing to look deeper to understand why she would do it. And if are willing to do that, then you will be able to better understand the reasoning behind the decisions that were made.
And I loved the ending! It was nice to see things tied up for ALL the characters involved. It made it easier to walk away from the book a satisfied reader. And make sure you read From His Lips, a short novella told from Troy's POV. It added that extra something to the story and made me view a few scenes in a different light.